Funding for CCTV targets antisocial behaviour issue

EXTRA funding for a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system in Tralee should help tackle problems with vandalism and late night disorder on the streets of the town, it was claimed yesterday.

The Government is providing €200,000 to meet the cost of a new system or improve the current system, which has had operational problems in the past.

During the past year, there has been a series of assaults in Tralee, including a sexual attack by a number of young men on a woman who had left a pub.

Also, at its next meeting, Tralee Town Council is to consider a motion calling for the curtailing of opening hours of local pubs.

Prior to Christmas, a public meeting was held in Tralee to try and find ways of dealing with anti-social behaviour.

Problems are also being encountered by residents in a number of housing estates in the town.

Kerry North FF TD Thomas McEllistrim, announcing grant aid for CCTV, said there was a major problem with antisocial behaviour in Tralee especially on weekend nights.

He said residents of the town should not be subjected to intimidation from thugs or vandals causing social unrest.

“Fully functional CCTV is a major deterrent to antisocial behaviour,” he added.

The Dept of Justice is allocating €100,000 to the system and the Dept of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs has agreed to match that funding, as Tralee is a designed RAPID area.

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